The Vegetarian Kitchen: Cooking with Creativity & Soul III

In The Vegetarian Kitchen: Cooking with Creativity & Soul, I will share some of my favorite cookbooks, music, chefs, etc. with you to help spark new ideas and inspiration for the kitchen. Please note that not all post will include plant-based books and chefs. Here’s to the third installment! Enjoy!

1. Nas, one of my favorite MCs, is back with his eleventh studio album, “Life Is Good“. For once, Nas fans can rejoice over the fact that both the lyrics and the production on this album are excellent. The “hip-hop” scene is crowded with ringtone rappers who spit degrading verses over up-tempo beats aimed at club goers. Despite this trend, Nas successfully delivers a good rap album from beginning to end with well-thought out lyrics, memorable hooks and creativity.

2. Thanksgiving is just around the corner. As casseroles take the forefront, no dining spread is complete without autumn inspired plates, bowls and textiles. Set the scene this holiday with dinnerware from Crate & Barrel’s Serve an Autumn Supper series.

3. Vegan Chef Bianca Phillips shows both vegans and meat-eaters that a plant-based diet can include traditional dishes from the south. Bianca’s blog, ‘Vegan Crunk: Eatin’ Vegan in the Dirty South‘, is an online database of soulful recipes. In addition to her blog, Bianca’s cookbook, ‘Cooking Crunk‘ features recipes like grits, BBQ ribs, fried seitan and more.

4. ‘Clean Food, Revised Edition: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source‘ by Terry Walters is much more than a cookbook. ‘Clean Food’ serves a culinary guide with resources, a food glossary and seasonal recipes that are easy to prepare. Aside from tofu and tempeh, Clean Food incorporates fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts in most of the recipes. If you’re like me, Clean Food is a great book to have on hand to spark new ideas for meals that don’t incorporate heavy, fried foods.

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